3SquaresVT recipients can start buying food online. Here’s how it works.

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A new pilot program will allow 3SquaresVT recipients to use their benefits to purchase food online, the Vermont Department for Children and Families announced Friday.

Vermont became the latest state to begin allowing residents who receive food benefits to order their groceries online using their EBT card. Other states, such as Alabama, Oregon and Iowa, launched the test program in March, with more following.

“This pilot gives people who get 3SquaresVT more options to put food on their tables, safely,” said Ken Schatz, commissioner of the Department for Children and Families.

“This is important during the current health crisis, especially for vulnerable Vermonters,” Schatz said. “Some may be at higher risk for COVID-19; some may not have access to private transportation.”

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3SquaresVT recipients will have the option of buying eligible food items with Amazon and Walmart. Delivery from Amazon will be available throughout the state and can be paid with EBT food benefits.

Pickup services for Walmart are currently available only at its Bennington location, with plans for additional stores to be included in the future. Recipients can pay for their groceries with EBT food or cash benefits. 

For more information on the online grocery services, 3SquaresVT recipients can visit the Department for Children and Families website at dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/EBT/online.

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